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Gallop's Arrival As New FFA CEO Greeted With Optimism, Caution
Published August 22, 2012
WAITING GAME: In Sydney, Michael Cockerill opined that if Buckley can get double the value of the existing contract from both networks he will "be able to walk out of Whitlam Square and face his many detractors head-on." Buckley cannot "airbrush the many disappointments of his six years at the helm." But a true assessment of his time in charge "cannot be made until after the TV deal is completed." That could occur in the coming weeks, so "we will not have to wait long to find out." There is some irony in the fact the person Australian businessman Frank Lowy wanted before he got Buckley will now replace him. The "dynamic has changed, circumstances have changed," but one thing has not. Like Buckley, Gallop "is not a football man." That is the "major reservation about his appointment" (SMH, 8/22).
PAYING UP: Also in Sydney, Ray Gatt reported that Gallop is "expected to receive a significant pay package" at FFA. It is expected to be "a far better deal than he was on in rugby league." Buckley is rumored to be on a little more than $1M, while Gallop was believed to be on $750,000 with the ARLC. Lowy said that Buckley had discussed Gallop with him about two months ago and that Buckley had contacted Gallop "soon after he left the NRL" and had discussed possible opportunities at FFA. Lowy said of Buckley: "He is one of Australia's finest sports administrators. Ben has worked tirelessly for football both at home and abroad and has steered the game through a difficult period of consolidation" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/22).